REPERTORY Invercargill is on the lookout for two actors to open its 2019 season – and the roles are not for the faint-hearted.
Venus in Fur is described as a seductive, darkly funny, erotic story centred around an obsessive relationship between a man and the mistress who enslaves him.
The play, by David Ives, was adapted from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 19th century erotic classic Venus in Furs
Set in modern New York City, director Gussie Johnson said they were looking for a male and a female actor for the roles of Thomas and Vanda.
Essentially a play within a play, Thomas is a writer/director who auditions Vanda for a role in his own adaptation of the novel.
“It’s really about the domination of a woman over a man.”
“[Vanda] is going to do this part in the play for Thomas and she’s brought all the gear along.
“They slip backwards and forwards into a part of the play. It’s very clever.”
However, Johnson said the play was not coarse at all.
“It’s so subtle.”
Johnson said the actors would have to be able to perform the arduous role with no interval, be able to speak with an accent and be prepared for the R18 themes.
She said she would like as many people as possible to come along and audition.
“They might think that this is too difficult for them, or they’re not experienced enough, but I think if they’re interested in theatre, come and audition.
“I think an actor would have great satisfaction in doing this play, and they may never get the chance to do another play like this. It’s really quite outstanding.”
Johnson said she wanted to present the play in Invercargill after hearing about it from a friend who had seen it at Wellington’s Circa Theatre.
“She said it was quite fantastic, so I bought the play [to read]. I thought it would be a stunning play to direct.”